We take our children to Abbeywood Estate and Gardens in Delamere
What is it?
A country house with 45 acres of gardens, a small playground and woodland trails. Also a wedding venue.
Where is it?
Between Northwich and Chester directly off the main A556 road.
What did we think?
This is a quiet, relaxing spot for a fun family walk with an excellent cafe. The gardens are beautiful.
Woodland trail – The landscaped gardens are stunning but the best part for our children was the woodland trail around the perimeter of the site.
You can follow the signs around, with a few shortcuts available if you want. The walk takes around an hour.
Playground – There is a small playground in shaded woodland with a climbing frame, swings and trampoline (closed when we went due to the Coronavirus).
Animals – You can spot different animals on your walk.
There are a few horses, goats, sheep and an enclosure with chickens and rabbits. There aren’t loads of animals like a petting zoo but they are a pleasant distraction on the walk.
The map you are given at the entry doesn’t show the full size of the gardens so make sure you don’t miss out on parts of the woodland trail.
You can’t take picnics so make sure you eat in the car park or use the cafe.
Abbeywood Estate and Gardens information
Food: There is a large, pleasant cafe with indoor and outdoor seating, selling hot meals, sandwiches, cakes, drinks and tubs of ice cream.
Opening hours: The gardens are open Wednesday to Sunday in summer between 9am and 5pm.
Cost: Adults £6 each, children free.
Best for: Ages three and above.
Time needed: 90 minutes.
Access and restrictions: The site is mainly lawned with a few gravel paths. It is fairly flat but isn’t fully accessible for wheelchair users and for prams and pushchairs.
Address: Abbeywood Gardens, Chester Rd, Delamere, Northwich, CW8 2HS.